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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-Aug.

Forewing: 10mm.

Foodplant: Various grasses.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded187719931877
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records11375713416
Number of individuals13347259731888
Unique positions476551062
Unique locations33436740
Adult records10805633286
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 3416 records from 740 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1877.


1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: An abundant species wherever grass grows in Britain, the larva feeding at the base of the culms of grasses (Poaceae). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in most situations and rises to abundant on unimproved grassland, irrespective of soil type. The moth has a prolonged flight period between late May and late August.

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